Despite strong technical credentials this doesn't gel, dissipating into simplistic romantic cliches which neuter the occasional glint of satire. The genre by this point appeared to be running on fumes. The broader canvas 'roadshow' musicals of the 1960s provided temporary, if hubristic, resuscitation, but either way the fresh air was welcome into something that even Miss Haversham would have considered antediluvian.
Every corner of this movie has such an elegant and refined appeal that is hard to ignore. More than an eye-candy, this is a light tale about heart and its compulsions, and not just about pretty faces. It's not pioneering, but it's proud of what it is. I can't ignore the scene where a man slaps its lover and then she proceeds to kiss him. Other than that, it was extremely merry to watch this!
Audrey Hepburn looks fantastic in this musical. It is a colorful, superb choreographed movie movie and a great tourist commercial for Paris. It is the pen-ultimate retire film for Fred Astaire who still can swing himself around as a 58-year-old. Kay Thompson almost steals the film from the lead actors in her opening number in what is a classic movie moment and the best song in the entire film.
A lot of people seem to not dig this one much. Maybe its bc I am a fashion victim/addict and a lover of musicals that this is pretty much as good as it gets for me. Audrey is utterly charming as usual, Astaire is a bit old but maybe Gene Kelly was busy lol so he gets a pass. The songs and set designs, the mise-en-scene, etc all make this an unbelievably easy film to recommend. I now wanna go listen to the s/t again..
This entertaining musical is a bit of a curates egg,good in parts.The opening sequences are the best parts of the film,but once things move to Paris problems developed.Firstly,what started as a modern looking musical,begins to make fun of the current youth movements.Secondly,the film seems to suggest that women should be married and not intellectual! On the plus side,the film and Paris looks great.As do the two leads
It's daft, it's dated, silly and filled with stereotypes but it's so charming. I don't really do musicals but Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson are great. Whoever got carried away with the credits sequence and came up with the darkroom scene earned the extra star.